(Danny Amendola, Keelan Cole, etc.) positions, there is some added wiggle room to spend over $6K on a QB. It’s hard to overlook how good of a spot the Chargers offense is in this week against a Chiefs defense that could be a bottom-five defense. Los Angeles is three-point home favorites and have the fourth-highest implied team total of the slate at 25.3 points. Rivers was dominate as a favorite in 2017, posting a plus-minus of plus-6.2, and Allen was even better in the same situation, posting a monster plus/minus of plus-13.3 in eight games as a favorite. Expect this stack to be one of the most popular on the slate, but the situation is just too good to pass up on in any format.
QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Steelers
UPDATE: The heavy rains predicted in Cleveland make this stack much riskier and likely one to avoid.
While the combo of Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen is the clear top OB-WR stack of the week, they will cost you a cool $13,900 of salary. If you are looking to jam in two stud running backs in your cash game lineup, then you’ll need to save some cash on your QB-WR cash game stack. I love the spot and price point for the new Browns tandem of Taylor and Landry. Taylor has been a cash game hero for the last few seasons with his rushing ability baking in the kind of floor that we are looking for in cash game formats. Landry projects to be the clear top receiving option for the Browns heading into Week 1, with Josh Gordon dealing with a sore hamstring after missing the majority of training camp. The RotoQL Models project Landry for nine targets in this matchup with the Steelers; the second-highest among wide receivers under $6,000. The Browns head into this matchup as four-point home underdogs, so we should have zero concerns about the game script turning against the Browns passing attack.
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RB Alex Collins and Ravens DST, Ravens vs. Bills
The Ravens are the stone cold lock for the best defense in Week 1 in their matchup with the Bills and their newly minted starting quarterback Nathan Peterman. While I will likely look to save some money on my cash game defense, I also will certainly not try to talk anyone off of playing the Ravens in this spot in any format if you have the extra salary to do so. Baltimore heads into this game as massive 7.5-point favorites, and its defense was completely dominate as favorites last season, posting a plus/minus of plus-4.1. The positive projected game flow is also great news for Collins, who projects to be in line for 20-plus carries against a Bills defense that ranked dead last against the run last season. Collins and the Ravens D/ST had the fifth-highest correlation among starting running backs and defenses in 2017.
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Week 1 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, and WR John Ross, Bengals @ Colts
As with many weeks, there are plenty of different directions you can look for game stacks to target on the tournament side of things, however one game in particular is catching my eye. The Bengals-Colts matchup currently has a total sitting at 47 points, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this game flies past the over. Both sides of the ball in this game are attractive, but take one look at this Colts starting cornerbacks of Pierre Desir, Kenny Moore, and Quincy Wilson and it’s hard to make a case against the Bengals passing attack. Dalton gets a lot a flack, but he has posted GPP-winning weeks multiple times over the last few seasons and had a plus/minus of plus-1.5 in his eight road starts last season. Green has said he has had his best offseason as pro, and the Numberfire projections found on the RotoQL’s Optimizer have Green as the third-highest projected WR on the slate at 18.9 points. Throw in breakout candidate and one of the top values on the slate in Ross; who can pay off his $3,900 price in one play, and you have a triple stack with big-play potential, who face what projects to be among the worst passing defenses that we’ve seen over the last few years.
QB Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Cowboys
A little spoiler alert for this season: Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey are going to be a fixture in this article, and pairing these two together is going to print money. The hype around McCaffrey has built to manic levels, and if the Panthers are serious about giving him 20-plus touches a game, he will become a staple in DFS lineups in both cash games and GPPs. His price point of only $6,400 is a tremendous value in PPR formats, despite a matchup that isn’t ideal against a Cowboys defense that has a healthy Sean Lee to open the season. The RotoQL models project McCaffrey to receive eight targets in the passing game, which checks in as the most on the slate along with Alvin Kamara, who is $2,100 more expensive and will likely be the highest-owned RB. The guy throwing McCaffrey the ball isn’t too bad either, and Newton has 35-plus-point upside every week given his rushing ability. Newton was a stud as a home favorite last season, posting a plus/minus of plus-4.3. The duo’s correlation score of 0.39 is the third highest in the NFL among QB/RB stacks.
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QB Andrew Luck and TE Jack Doyle, Colts vs. Bengals
I already mentioned how much I like the Bengals side of the ball in the Bengals-Colts matchup, but I’ll also be looking to load up on Luck in his first game back from a nagging shoulder issue that robbed him of his entire 2017 season. The public will likely take a wait-and-see approach with Luck, but in my opinion, this is the time to load up on Luck and his elite upside at low ownership. While pairing Luck with his clear top option, WR TY Hilton, is a great play and something I will certainly look to do, I much prefer pairing luck with Doyle, who is one of the top value plays on he slate at only $3,600 on DraftKings. Doyle was the top fantasy asset on the Colts last season and posted a great plus/minus of plus-3.8, despite having to deal with terrible quarterback play all year long. The matchup with the Bengals is also excellent for Doyle, as the Bengals ranked 24th in the league against the tight end position in 2017 and project to be similarly bad against the position this season under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
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